Willie Mitchell to skate at Staples for the first time since Kings’ Cup victory

Defenseman Willie Mitchell is expected to make his first appearance in a Kings uniform at Staples Center since the decisive Game 6 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final when he joins the lineup for Tuesday’s exhibition against the Ducks. Mitchell sat out all of last season because of a knee injury, but he has recovered well enough to be back on the ice during training camp. He made his 2013 exhibition debut by logging 23 minutes, 16 seconds in the Kings’ overtime loss last Friday to the Colorado Avalanche. Only defenseman Slava Voynov played more minutes among the Kings than Mitchell. Voynov played 28:02.

“Makes sense to play him tomorrow and go from there,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said.

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